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No matter your type of business, chances are the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act applies to your building, employees, and visitors. While this is something that many corporations and businesses know about, it’s mostly something is focused on in the human resources area. Today, as a blogging platform, we wanted to shed some light on an issue that affects millions of people in the workplace, and those who have the opportunity to work or blog from the comfort of their own home.

But do you know if you’re in compliance? It’s worth taking a look at some facts and reviewing your company’s policies. Penalties for non-compliance include fines and lawsuits.

The ADA protects people with physical and mental disabilities in the workplace and through public accommodations.

Find out if your business has the information it needs to comply with Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act.

What is the ADA?

The original Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It’s a civil rights law that doesn’t allow discrimination against anyone with physical or mental disabilities.

The law covers all areas of public life, including school, jobs, and transportation.

In 2008, the law was updated with the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act. The most significant changes included updates to the definition of “disability.”

What is a Disability?

There are three main areas to consider when making accommodations for a person with a disability.

Someone falls under the definition of “disability” if:

  • He or she has a mental or physical impairment that significantly limits one or more major life activities
  • He or she has documentation of an impairment, or
  • He or she has a known impairment

A person can have any or all of these qualifications as a person with disabilities. But there is no requirement that a person shows proof of having a disability for protection through the disability act.

Who Must Comply?

The short answer is that any public place or employer with fifteen or more employees must comply with the ADA.

The American Disabilities Act is in place to make sure anyone with a disability has the same opportunities and rights as anyone else.

But what does it look like to make sure the opportunities are available? The details and case-by-case scenarios can get tricky.

Let’s look at a few major points for compliance within the five Titles of the ADA laws.

Title I Employment

Employers must provide a reasonable accommodation that helps any employees with a disability perform their job duties. This Title also applies to schools and colleges.

Accommodation includes:

  • Handicap access for your building and facilities
  • Providing a reader for a blind employer or student
  • Adjusting a workspace to help an employee.

Note the word “reasonable” comes with making these accommodations. An employer is not required to provide anything that causes an undue hardship on the business or on other employees.

“Undue hardship” includes significant expense depending on the size and financial resources of your business. But an employer must provide an accommodation even if there is some expense that doesn’t qualify as “undue hardship”.

To get an accommodation, an employee must ask for help. They’ll need to tell the employer the nature of the disability and what they need.

Title II State and Local Government

The government must also accommodate people with disabilities.

At events or facilities, government agencies must provide methods of communication for people with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.

Agencies also cannot discriminate anyone from programs or activities due to a disability.

Title III Public Accommodations

Some businesses fall under Title III as well as Title I.

If you run a hotel, transportation company, museum, bank, library, or other similar institution open to the public, you must comply with the ADA.

Restaurants and shops fall into this category, too. Reasonable accommodations for Title III places include ADA-compliant signage.

Knowing exactly what you need and where to place it can be difficult. But help is available to determine the types of signs and factors for compliance for your business.

Image360 provides a simple guide to understanding the requirements for your business signage. Everything from braille specifics to signage height and location is important.

Title IV Telecommunications

For compliance under Title IV, internet and communication companies must provide a way for people with hearing or vision impairment to communicate using their resources.

For your business, make sure any employees with vision or hearing disabilities have equipment for using computers and phones.

Title V Miscellaneous Provisions

This last category is the catch-all for any business or entity that doesn’t fit neatly into any other category.

This Title also allows for the recovery of attorney’s fees in the event of a lawsuit. And Title V also notes that drug or alcohol abuse is not a disability.

Discrimination or Harassment

ADA-compliance is only one part of the American Disabilities Act when it comes to Title I and businesses. People with disabilities are also protected from discrimination and harassment under the ADA.

Discrimination includes:

  • Firing an employee or refusing a promotion solely based on a person’s disability
  • Assuming someone can’t perform job duties because of a disability
  • Refusing to hire someone with a disability who is otherwise qualified for the position

Harassment includes making disparaging remarks about or to a person with a disability.

Be sure your employee handbook includes a detailed anti-harassment policy. This protects your business and your employees, and it helps comply with the ADA.

Complaints

If an employee feels they are a victim of discrimination or harassment, their best course of action is filing a complaint with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).

Since 2006, the ADA documents enforcement of violations for Titles I-V. The EEOC joins with other government agencies to investigate and enforce reports of discrimination in the workplace.

Protect Citizens Through The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act

The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act is in place to protect our citizens with disabilities.

Providing signage, accessibility, and other resources help make a business, school, or public area usable for everyone.

Don’t risk fines or punishment. Work to accommodate needs and create a positive office environment that your employees love.

Building a positive culture supports people with any ability or disability. Happy employees are the best employees.

Be a business that accommodates the best talent for each role, no matter their physical or mental abilities.

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Why Do So Few Bloggers Make Money?

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You are ready to make more money blogging.

I see it.

I feel it.

So never ask questions like this:

Fear-filled bloggers ask such questions.

People afraid to lose money ask such questions.

Since where your energy goes, grows, if you fear losing money, you lose money.

Can you see why few bloggers make money?

Most humans and bloggers fear losing money.

Making money through blogging becomes impossible if you fear losing money.

You cannot fear losing money and make money simultaneously. Impossible.

You cannot feel abundant, rich, whole and complete, and lose money. Impossible.

Analyze this Question

The Quora user asking above question typifies many bloggers who fear:

  • losing money
  • spending money
  • being scammed
  • being spammed

Said fear co-creates fear-filled, poverty-inducing, failed results.

Life mirrors your energy.

Few bloggers make money because few bloggers feel abundant, rich, whole and complete.

Your Energy Dominates Your Actions and Life

I recall working really hard creating, connecting and doing stuff successful bloggers told me to do.

I still went broke.

Why?

No matter how hard I worked and no matter what proven, successful blogging advice I followed, my energy screamed:

  • fear
  • lack
  • limitation
  • poverty
  • scarcity
  • no money

so I manifested lack, poverty, scarcity and no money.

Your energy dominates everything.

How to Make More Money Blogging

I decided to visualize riches, to feel wealthy, to focus on blogging wins and to keep things positive.

Almost instantly, I began to make more money blogging because I changed my predominant feeling to rich, abundant, wealthy vibes.

Money appeared in my bank account through 2 income streams with minimal work. I got an idea to promote my blogging course frequently; I sold more courses. I linked to my eBooks frequently to boost eBook income. Toss in acting on an idea to SEO optimize posts and I made even more money blogging through passive, targeted Google traffic.

Money flowed to me because I visualized myself with more money, I chose to feel rich, I emitted a calm, confident vibe, and I felt detached and knowing riches are mine.

As within, so without.

Go From Lack to Lots

The person asking the Quora question allowed fear to dominate their mind, focusing on lack of opportunities. Such folks are broke or go broke fast because where your attention and energy goes, grows.

Focus on lots. Concentrate on the idea of abundant. Feel rich by visualizing yourself with riches. Count all of your blogging wins. Keep things positive.

Life just follows your mindset. Experiences follow where you choose to put your attention and energy.

Few bloggers make money because few bloggers choose to focus their mind on abundance, wealth, riches, success and positive ideas.

Choose to make money blogging now. Visualize yourself being wealthy. Feel opulence. Step into the spirit of opulence.

Pull out your credit card to invest in my blogging course. Investing money makes you more money. Money circulates; release it to see it return to you multiplied.

Rich people feel and act this way. Emulate bloggers who make money.

Think, feel and act rich to earn riches.

Make money blogging.

Step away from the herds of bloggers who focus on lack.

Think abundance.

Prosper.

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How Can You Start Blogging for Free?

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Impossible.

Blogging requires:

  • financial investment; domain and hosting at a minimum
  • time investment
  • energy investment

Blogging is a skill. You invest money to begin developing the skill effectively. Add time and energy through your blogging work and you lay the foundation for a successful blogging career.

You cannot start blogging for free because without financial investment you are not really blogging.

Imagine starting a blog on a free platform.

How can you ever impress people if you fear investing $7 a month on hosting and $14 on a domain?

People see the free platform, believe you to be an amateur, you lose your credibility as potential readers do not trust you, and folks exit your blog.

Investing Money to Make Money

Observe my blog:

Blogging From Paradise

I invested thousands of dollars in my blog over the years and made a lot more money than thousands of dollars.

I bought my domain and hosting 10 years ago as an investment in freedom and greater profits.

Fast forward a decade; I have circled the globe for 8 years, living in places like Fiji, Bali and Costa Rica. The thousands of dollars I invested allowed me to:

  • gain reader trust
  • convey a professional brand image
  • be seen as one of the top bloggers on earth
  • increase blog traffic
  • increase eBook sales, course sales and audio book sales
  • be featured on world famous sites
  • move higher in blogging circles

Imagine if I began blogging for free. Would Fox News want to interview a blogger using a free blogging platform? No. Of course Fox News seeks out renowned leaders and every blogging leader invests money in blogging to do blogging right.

Free Platforms Look Cheap and Unprofessional

Free blogging platforms look terrible.

Can you ever gain reader trust if your blog looks terrible?

Observe the long, wordy, non-branded domain name, including the free hosting company. Imagine if cnn.com was cnn.blogspot.com? Would you trust CNN if the corporation used a free blogging platform? No.

This is from my trip to Turkey.

Imagine if espn.com was espn.typepad.com. Would you trust the content? No.

Even if you intend to never profit through your blog you better buy your domain and hosting because few if any readers trust bloggers on free platforms.

How to Begin a Blog the Right Way

Invest money in:

Invest money in your success.

Begin blogging the right way to cut years off of:

  • your learning curve
  • your success curve

Money circulates; invest money today and it flows back to you multiplied exponentially.

Losing or spending money is impossible in a Universe of abundance.

Develop this prosperity consciousness to begin blogging from an abundant, successful, positive energy.

Develop a Money Consciousness to Make Money with Your Blog

The old saying goes; it takes money to make money.

I take it one step further; it takes a money consciousness to make money.

A high number of bloggers invest money in their blog but struggle to make money. Said bloggers believe they spent or lost money on their blog, which is not true.

Develop a money consciousness.  It takes a money consciousness to make money with your blog, meaning you need believe money circulates, as you release money and it returns to you multiplied in awesome fashion.

I discovered 2 unknown, unexpected income streams recently, both online. Why? I circulate money. I see any investment in my blog, in bills or in anything, flowing back to me multiplied.

Develop this positive, abundant mindset.

Invest money in your blog from day 1.

Begin blogging the right way.

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How to Build Brand Authenticity Using Customer Generated Content

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Creating quality content is the best thing someone can ever do for their company. When done right, it generates a lot of traffic towards the website thus giving a high likelihood of converting the followers into leads. Unfortunately, quality content is expensive and can use up a lot of money, time, and very exhaustive.

Fortunately for us, there is another way to get quality content without having to go through all this hustle. When you make use of this strategy, it will turn out to be more powerful and accurate than other cumbersome methods. This solution is known as User Generated Content (UGC) since it is one of the simplest way to get results without getting tired.

What is the significance of UGC?

The moment you make use of content generated by customers, you automatically create trust with other customers. This is because more than 80% of consumers find content generated by their fellow customers to be convincing and true than what the brands can write about themselves. The assumption is that no one will ever write negatives about themselves unless third parties take over.

UGC is the most authentic type of content as 98% of it is true since customers have no interests in the customers creating profits. If something is bad, they will write it as it is. The reverse is also true. It is therefore recommendable to spend more time curating on the content written by consumers rather than the company itself. You can also use a tool like keyword.com to better create content for your audience and to also rank higher in Google for multiple keywords and search phrases.

The other advantage of UGC is the ability to track all the conversations and mentions. This mostly helps by finding out what the customers think about your services and products. In case of any problem, you can address the same issue. You are allowed to comment on the same wall towards their plights.

The other advantage is to help a company in saving time meant to write content. This time can be allocated to other issues that help in accumulating profits for the business.

Ways to Build an Effective UCG Marketing Strategy

1 – Choose your platform wisely

You do not just create a CGC in any area. The first thing is to ensure that you have a good number of active followers in online platforms. In addition to this, remember that each platform works differently; Facebook users are known for sharing content whereas Instagram is more of visuals. When you ask people for content, remember to be specific with what you want since a lot of us are ready to talk about anything we wish.

2 – Collect independent customer reviews

Customers’ reviews are very vital to any business as they act as personal recommendations to other people who are yet to try your brand. In fact, a lot of people prefer to read a number of reviews before making a conclusion on whether to buy or not. If someone comes across two or more negative comments, a good number will pull away from your page. Remember that savvy customers will always spot fake reviews hence the more reason to stick to authentic customers. The only way to win their hearts is by offering what you promised in the first place.

3 – Offer rewards

There is nothing as encouraging as being rewarded for doing something. Offering rewards attracts a lot of people towards your page as everyone is eager to get something. Don’t try too hard by getting expensive gifts. You can promise that a winner will have their tweets retweeted or you feature their article or business on your page. Not only will they feel happy that they are part of your success but will also attract new users to subscribe.

Neil Patel is often preaching about the process of offering rewards and getting users to submit an email address on your site — which you can then follow up with afterwards. You can read more on Neil and his most recent resources in this article from webdesignteam.com.

4 – Support a charity event

You need to remind your customers that your brand is not after making profits but rather in helping the community in different events such as acts of charity. Let people know that you have a greater vision for them too.

Online platforms can either break or boost your business. This is because a lot of people have turned to recommendation on social media by strangers or friends. If you want better reviews, ensure that your products are quality and services are up to standard.

User Generation Content is the Way to Go!

With more than a billion active websites and blogs on the internet today, content overload is happening daily. The same is true for brands and bloggers that are struggling to create original content on their own.

The better option is to build a platform or content creation and marketing plan that relies on content being created from other users. After all, how much content has Facebook or Instagram ever made… and look at how huge and massive their brands are!

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